Day 17: Cally Festival!

Sunday 17 June 12-6pm – Story Street (off Caledonian Road) -part of the Cally Festival, a huge one-day street party on the Caledonian Road. Presented by Word Festival’s very own poet-in-residence Paul Lyalls, Story Street will see storytelling, poetry, rap, spoken word and readings, with performances from local people and well-known poets and storytellers – including pupils from Thornhill, Copenhagen, Vittoria and St. Andrews (CofE) Primary Schools, Key Changes artists and more. Come and pull up a hay bale and enjoy the show.

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Day 16: Islington Activism – Walk

Saturday 16 June, 11am – from Islington Town Hall

Remembering the 70s and 80s. Explore the streets of Islington through stories of local activism against apartheid, for nuclear disarmament, rights for women and the LGBT+ community with a local CIGA guide.

Presented in partnership with Islington Museum and inspired by their exhibition, Fighting Apartheid: Activism in Islington,this walk introduces the main sites where activists campaigned to bring about change.

The ANC headquarters in Penton Street, bombed in 1982, were a focal point for organising the struggle. Boycotts took place at petrol stations and supermarkets in the borough, and the London Recruits, an underground activist group, had roots in Islington. Canon Collins of St Paul’s Cathedral, inspired some of the most effective fundraising for the Treason Trial Defence Fund in 1956 , and later funds for political trials and the support for dependants of activists.

The 1980s was also a key time for the nuclear disarmament campaign CND, and the Greenham Common women’s movement. Islington born Zelda Curtis ran an older women’s support group. Sisterwrite bookshop in Upper Street offered a friendly meeting point. Fundraising for the families affected by the miners’ strike of 1984 was widespread in the borough, with cash buckets outside supermarkets. The Lesbians and Gays support the Miners group, made famous in the feature film Pride, fundraised in Islington pubs and other LGBT+ activism was a feature of the 1970s and 1980s. Learn more or relive your memories on this walk, ending at the Museum where you can view the exhibition.

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Day 16: Library2Library Walk – Angel Adventure

Saturday 16 June, 11am starting at South Library –  This walk through the heart of Islington ofers the chance to sing a funny song on the site of an old music hall, talk about puppets outside a charming puppet theatre, do a short nature trail and learn about an important canal. Lastly we’ll call in at a larger Theatre and look at a Well that has been there at least 350 years. Afterwards, in Spa Fields, there will be a story read about a Silver Arrow which is appropriate as we’ll also hear on the walk about a famous lady who was inspired to great works of charity when she survived being struck by a stray arrow.

Starting at 11am at South Library,115-117 Essex Rd, N1 2SL, the walk will finish at the Finsbury Library, 245, St John’s St, EC1V 4NB in time for you to join the Islington Reads archery themed story telling event in nearby Spa Fields 12:30 – 2:30pm Booking for the guided walk is essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ideal for children age 7 – 11

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Day 16: Children’s Picture Books Masterclass

Saturday 16 June 10am-4pm at House of Illustration – Join award-winning children’s book writer and illustrator and regular House of Illustration tutor, Claire Alexander, for a one-day masterclass in developing words and pictures for a 0-5 children’s book.  An informal and friendly session, you’ll get great tips, learn new skills and go away with some inspiring starting points.£60 Click Here to Book

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Celebrating Circus

As part of this year’s Circus250 celebrations, Word2018 has a series of exhibitions, activities and events to enjoy – highlighting local connections and welcoming back festival favourites Upswing who are working with local young parents to create an original new show – A is for Adventure which premieres at Finsbury Library on 28 and 29 June.

…Also at Finsbury Library is a display – The Clerkenwell King of Clowns – Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837) – the father of modern clowning.  Grimaldi became a huge celebrity and spent much of his life both performing and living in Clerkenwell.  This commemorative display tells the story of this famous clown, who influenced circus clowns, and clowning across the world, and features contemporary illustrations and original documents from his life and work. (Until 3 July)

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Day 14: #LivingLyrics

Thursday 14 June 6pm at St. Luke’s Community Centre Key Changes provides music services in hospitals and the community for people experiencing mental health problems. #livinglyrics is commissioned by Word2018 to engage young people using mental health services in a programme of songwriting, recording sessions and performances. Working collaboratively with music industry professionals and peer mentors the group has developed a thrilling set of lyrical themes with a particular emphasis on exploring mental health and wellbeing in the context of the issues and causes within their community. These performances will feature an energising and inspiring selection of w
ork from group members and Key Changes service users.

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Day 14: Little Explorers

Thursday 14 June 9.30am at Newington Green – Join The Garden Classroom for a Little Explorers sessions for under 5’s with their parents and carers.  Discover together the wonders of wildlife, trees, bees, flowers & plants in your local greenspace in mornings full of outdoor fun, songs, stories, nature trails and natural art and crafts. Each week, our Little Green Library will be set up so you can enjoy nature books together to help grow a love of reading. A brilliant opportunity to meet local families, get outdoors & take away ideas for nature discovery.

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